Hostas

Hostas are low-maintenance perennials favored for their ability to thrive in the shade and produce lush, showy foliage. They’re available in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and texture which can create a beautiful display, especially when mixed and matched en masse. Often enjoyed secondary to their foliage, the bell-shaped flowers grow in a group on a stalk and range from white to shades of lavender, which can be attractive to bees and hummingbirds.

Light

Hostas prefer part shade, benefiting from some morning sun or dappled sun throughout the day. They generally tolerate deep shade, but will not grow as prolifically.

Location

Use for a low to medium border, to fill a garden bed, or to fill in spaces between other perennials. Great for evenly moist locations.

Soil

Prefers rich, well-draining soil, high in organic matter. Incorporate compost into the soil prior to planting.

Water

Hostas need to be kept evenly moist to thrive. If planted in a dry area, they’ll need regular watering. Water deeply and less frequently is best, rather than light watering, more frequently.

Fertilizer

Generally hostas do not need fertilizer, since nutrients released from mulch may be sufficient, but if necessary, they can be fertilized in the spring with a slow-release granular fertilizer such as Espoma Plant-tone.

Grooming

Remove spent flower stems after blooming.

Mulch

Apply a layer of mulch after the soil warms in spring to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and keep the soil cool in the summer. Keep a space between mulch and the crown of the hostas.

Problems

Slugs can sometimes damage the leaves of hostas, which can be remedied by applying Bonide Bug & Slug Killer, or diatomaceous earth. Deer and rabbits sometimes feed on hostas, and both can be repelled with an application of Bonide Repels-All natural spray or granules.